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Dunbeholden coach take heart in surprise win over depleted Reno

Saturday, January 12, 2019

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FROME, Westmoreland —Dunbeholden FC are off the foot of the points grid in the Red Stripe Premier League for the first time in months after beating an undermanned FC Reno 3-0 in their second-round game at the Frome Sports Grounds on Wednesday, raising hopes of avoiding relegation.

Orette Richards scored twice and Lorenzo Dubidad also got on the scoresheet in Dunbeholden FC's largest margin of victory since they earned promotion, the second time they were scoring at least three goals in a game.

The St Catherine-based club moved past former champions Montego Bay United into 11th place on goal-difference, both on 16 points, while FC Reno slipped one spot to 10th on 20 points, losing for the first time in eight games.

Michael Cohen, the Dunbeholden FC coach, told the Jamaica Observer that he is positive the club can avoid the drop back to Confederation football next season, beating the one season syndrome that has affected so many teams in the past few seasons.

“We are working towards staying in the league and we are positive we will be able to do that,” Cohen said.

“We have been working hard for this win today (Wednesday), and despite the long trip, it was worth it and the players worked hard (as) we dominated the game as they did not create any scoring chances,” he added.

Dunbeholden signed two new players in the transfer window, the veteran Leon Strickland and Neko Williams, both of whom came off the bench in the second half on Wednesday. Cohen said the club was hoping to sign more players before the end of the transfer window.

It was a low for FC Reno who were coming off a big win over Tivoli Gardens on Sunday with just two substitutes on the bench for a home game and Coach Godfrey Drummond said they had been hit by mass injuries to senior players, but added there was no excuse for the poor football displayed by his team.

Drummond said among those injured are captain Lynval Wilson, goalkeeper Dennis Taylor and Jashane and Renorio Downswell.

FC Reno had signed three new players so far in the FIFA transfer window and Drummond said they were not done doing business with another four who are expected to be signed in time for their game away to Cavalier FC tomorrow.

“Hopefully we can bring in new players and if the players who are out injured will get back healthy, we can field a full team and have options,” said the coach, who admitted he had to manage with just 14 or so players each match day for the last eight games or so.

“Despite all that we did not play with much commitment today (Wednesday)... the players looked lacklustre and maybe have to think about how hard we train and the recovery process,” said Drummond.

The visitors were on the front foot from the start and created two clear scoring opportunities in the first 10 minutes. Dean-Andre Thomas got away down the middle of the FC Reno defence, but his shot from about 14 yards rolled softly to goalkeeper Ackeem Brown.

In the 10th minute Dwayne Smith's left-footed volley was just wide of the target, but a minute later Richards finished a three-on-one attack as they caught the FC Reno defenders napping and gave Brown no chance with a calm finish.

It could have got out of hand early as Thomas headed over the FC Reno cross bar from point-blank range in the 18th minute from a corner. A minute after Smith was hustled off the ball inside the six-yard box after he had goalkeeper Brown at his mercy.

Dunbeholden FC doubled their advantage in the 34th minute when the defence once again capitulated allowing Dubidad to run all the way to within a few feet of the goal for an easy tap in.

FC Reno started the second half better and managed to force Dunbeholden back in their own defensive area, but lacked the imagination to finish off the attacks forcing a solitary save from goalkeeper Eric Edwards from a back header by Fancy-Hue Stewart that was tipped for a corner in the 68th minute.

Dunbeholden killed off the game as a contest with a third goal when Richards fired into an unprotected goal after Ackeem was lured off his line and could not get back fast enough.

Teams

FC Reno - Rondelle Morris, Kirk-Patrick Lawrence, Javier Brown, Andre Johnson (Romone Plummer-63rd), Alwayne Danvers, Romero Graham, Fancy-Hue Stewart, Shamar Bernard, Omar Johnson, Kemoy Carruthers (Tariq Melvin-76th), Ackeem Brown.

Subs not used: None

Booked: A Johnson-63rd, Bernard-66th

Dunbeholden FC - Eric Edwards, Shaquille Dyer, Orette Richards, Kevin Reid, Shevan James, Jevan Angel, Shamar Rowe, Dwayne Smith (Neko Williams-80th), Lorenzo Dubidad, Dean-Andre Thomas (Leon Strickland-73rd), Graeme Green (Kasheem Smith-65th).

Subs not used: Geovanni Smith, Nikoy Christian, Craig Gayle, Rashane Spence

Booked: Richards (71st)

Referee: Andre Farquharson

Assistants: Nicholas Anderson, Ojay Duhaney

Fourth Official: Daneon Parchment

Match Commissary: Devon Maxwell

— Paul Reid

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